Shira Efron

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Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A in international affairs/business, New York University; B.Sc. in biology, Tel Aviv University


Shira Efron is a policy analyst at RAND. She has a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an M.A. in international relations and international business from New York University (NYU) and a B.Sc. in biology and computer science from Tel Aviv University. At RAND, Efron is working on problems related to food security, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, water, energy, ISR, and education. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined the feasibility of employing unmanned aerial systems for agriculture in Africa.

Prior to RAND, Efron was primarily conducting research and analysis on Middle East geopolitical issues. She was the policy director and country representative of the Institute for Inclusive Security in Israel. Beforehand she was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she edited the Middle East Bulletin, a multi-weekly online publication for high-level U.S. Government and stakeholder audience focusing on the intersection of U.S. political, economic, and security interests in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. She is a member of several non-partisan organizations that work to promote two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while ensuring Israel's security. Efron was also a research analyst at a hedge fund in New York, an editor at the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, and a reporter in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Her interests include Middle East geopolitics, food security, water, energy, homeland security, terrorism, defense policy, education, STEM, and ethnic conflicts.

Recent Projects

  • Developing Capacity of the Center for Research and Security Studies, Abu Dhabi
  • The costs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • A Simple Decision Support Tool to Assess Potential Public Health Emergency Interventions- Proof-of-Concept and Illustrative Application to Ebola.
  • The RAND Food-Water-Energy Security Index.
  • An Approach for Sustainable Operations at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex.

Honors & Awards

  • PAF Disertation Award, Project Air Force
  • Pardee Dissertation Award, Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress


  • Yesh Atid on Election Night

    When Winning Means Losing: Israel After the Election

    It is not clear whether or to what extent Netanyahu will abandon his traditional coalition partners on the right and turn toward the fragmented political center. However, such a turn may be necessary, writes Shira Efron.

    Jan 23, 2013 The RAND Blog